Shmuel I 10

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Shmuel I (Book of 1 Samuel), Chapter 10

'"`UNIQ--named-00000000-QINU`"'1 Then Samuel took the vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said: 'Is it not that HaShem hath anointed thee to be prince over His inheritance?

'"`UNIQ--named-00000001-QINU`"'2 When thou art departed from me to-day, then thou shalt find two men by the tomb of Rachel, in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say unto thee: The asses which thou wentest to seek are found; and, lo, thy father hath left off caring for the asses, and is anxious concerning you, saying: What shall I do for my son?

'"`UNIQ--named-00000002-QINU`"'3 Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the terebinth of Tabor, and there shall meet thee there three men going up to G-d to Beth-el, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000003-QINU`"'4 And they will salute thee, and give thee two cakes of bread; which thou shalt receive of their hand.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000004-QINU`"'5 After that thou shalt come to the hill of G-d, where is the garrison of the Philistines; and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a band of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a timbrel, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they will be prophesying.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000005-QINU`"'6 And the spirit of HaShem will come mightily upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000006-QINU`"'7 And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as thy hand shall find; for G-d is with thee.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000007-QINU`"'8 And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt-offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace-offerings; seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come unto thee, and tell thee what thou shalt do.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000008-QINU`"'9 And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, G-d gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000009-QINU`"'10 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a band of prophets met him; and the spirit of G-d came mightily upon him, and he prophesied among them.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000A-QINU`"'11 And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied with the prophets, then the people said one to another: 'What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?'

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000B-QINU`"'12 And one of the same place answered and said: 'And who is their father?' Therefore it became a proverb: 'Is Saul also among the prophets?'

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000C-QINU`"'13 And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the high place.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000D-QINU`"'14 And Saul's uncle said unto him and to his servant: 'Whither went ye?' And he said: 'To seek the asses; and when we saw that they were not found, we came to Samuel.'

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000E-QINU`"'15 And Saul's uncle said: 'Tell me, I pray thee, what Samuel said unto you.'

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000F-QINU`"'16 And Saul said unto his uncle: 'He told us plainly that the asses were found.' But concerning the matter of the kingdom, whereof Samuel spoke, he told him not.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000010-QINU`"'17 And Samuel called the people together unto HaShem to Mizpah.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000011-QINU`"'18 And he said unto the children of Israel: 'Thus saith HaShem, the G-d of Israel: I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all the kingdoms that oppressed you.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000012-QINU`"'19 But ye have this day rejected your G-d, who Himself saveth you out of all your calamities and your distresses; and ye have said unto Him: Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before HaShem by your tribes, and by your thousands.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000013-QINU`"'20 So Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000014-QINU`"'21 And he brought the tribe of Benjamin near by their families, and the family of the Matrites was taken; and Saul the son of Kish was taken; but when they sought him, he could not be found.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000015-QINU`"'22 Therefore they asked of HaShem further: 'Is there yet a man come hither?' And HaShem answered: 'Behold, he hath hid himself among the baggage.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000016-QINU`"'23 And they ran and fetched him thence; and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000017-QINU`"'24 And Samuel said to all the people: 'See ye him whom HaShem hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people?' And all the people shouted, and said: 'Long live the king.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000018-QINU`"'25 Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before HaShem. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000019-QINU`"'26 And Saul also went to his house to Gibeah; and there went with him the men of valour, whose hearts G-d had touched.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001A-QINU`"'27 But certain base fellows said: 'How shall this man save us?' And they despised him, and brought him no present. But he was as one that held his peace.

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